Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF)

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is the new way that the NHS looks at Patient Safety Incidents. It has replaced the Serious Incident Framework (2015) and represents a significant shift in the way the NHS responds to patient safety incidents.

PSIRF will eventually be adopted nationally by all NHS Trusts. Here at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, the new framework was implemented in November 2023 and we now respond to incidents according to its principles.

PSIRF supports the key principles of strengthening our patient safety system and culture, focusing on understanding how incidents happen, rather than apportioning blame, allowing for more effective learning, and ultimately safer care for patients.

Recognising and acknowledging the significant impact patient safety incidents can have on patients, service users, their families, and carers, we use a variety of ways to identify learning and make improvements following an incident where a patient or service user was or could have been harmed.

Our Patient Safety Incident Response Policy explains the way that patient safety incidents are responded to and how patient safety investigations are undertaken at DBTH.

Our Patient Safety Incident Response Plan helps us to identify our most significant patient safety risks and make sure they are fully investigated according to the proper standards and that we learn from them.

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